UDM - Detroit Sets School Record With Three Titans In The Top 100 At NCAA Great Lakes Regional
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MADISON, Wis. (11/14/2014) -- Senior Colin Creagh led three Titans in the top 100 as the University of Detroit Mercy men's cross country team tied for its best finish ever by taking 16th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on Friday.
The 10k race was held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course on the campus of Wisconsin, where the starting race temperature was a bit on the cool side at 22 °F.
Detroit tallied 498 total points for 16th place, tying for the best finish with the 1985 squad that had 413 points.
UDM came into the race having recorded two top-100 runners nine times in its history at the NCAA GLR, but raised the standard with three on the day.
Creagh – who was All-Horizon League First Team with his runner-up time at the conference race – took charge by finishing first among Horizon League runners as he was 51st overall in 31:20, beating this years HL champion Marcus Paulson by seven seconds. The time is a personal record by over four minutes and the second fastest 10k time in school history, behind only the 31:03 that Ken Dubois ran at Illinois State in 1986. The 51st-place effort is also tied for the seventh best in school history and the best since Pat Liederbach claimed 41st in 2010.
The Horizon League Freshman of the Year Ben Kendell earned 79th in 31:53, the best time ever by a Titan freshman at the NCAA event and the sixth quickest in school history. His 79th place is tied for the third best finish by a freshman in school history as well as tied for 20th overall in the Detroit record book.
Another All-Horizon League honoree, junior Derek Gielarowski set a personal record with a time of 31:57 for 82nd. It was a PR by over a minute and the 23rd best finish by a Titan as well as the seventh fastest 10k time by a UDM runner.
Both Kendell and Gielarowski were among the top five HL harriers on the day and also in the top 20 in the Detroit 10k record book.
In his first-ever collegiate 10k race, sophomore Ryan Leahy claimed 138th in 32:46, while senior George Holman was just behind him setting a career mark with a time of 32:55 for 148th.
Freshman Charlie Felton also ran in his first-ever 10k and was neck-and-neck with junior teammate Austin Wigent as Felton was 151st in 33:03, literally just in front of Wigent's personal record 33:03 for 152nd.
Detroit ended the 50th season of cross country with one of its best showings ever at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, defending its Horizon League Championship, taking runner-up in two other races as well as placing fourth at the 28th Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titans Invitational and sixth at the National Catholic Championships.